Thursday 16 September 7:30pm
York Chamber Music Festival: Event 1
Venue: Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York
Recital Angela Hewitt piano
François ‘Le Grand’ Couperin (1668 – 1733) Book III Dix-Huitième Ordre
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K.284
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 894
Johann Sebastian Bach - English Suite No. 4 in F major, BWV 809
Johann Sebastian Bach - (arr. d’Albert) Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582
The Canadian pianist is one of the reliably mesmerising musicians of the day. You sit entranced…. Wigmore Hall recital reviewed in The Sunday Times.
The idea of playing on the piano the music of the great harpsichord masters Bach and Scarlatti has been the life-long passion of Angela Hewitt. Why not do the same for their contemporary, François Couperin ‘le Grand’. She is also one of the finest interpreters of Mozart's piano music and brings lightness and delicacy that fits perfectly this early precociously virtuosic sonata.
Back to Bach in the second half opening with the A minor Prelude and Fugue. The English Suites was Bach’s first cycle of dance suites although there is nothing ‘English’ about them, more French in style, reminiscent of the French harpsichord school. Eugen d'Albert's magnificent transcription of the C minor Passacaglia and Fugue for organ brings Angela’s recital to a powerfully rousing conclusion.
COVID GUIDANCE: In September 2020 YCMF brought world class chamber music to you by live streaming the three evening concerts. We estimate over 1,500 people watched the concerts and we had some wonderfully appreciative responses. This year we are determined to go ahead with a live audience and are hoping to be at full capacity. There may still be restrictions on numbers and Covid protocols may still apply. Should it still be necessary York Chamber Music Festival will ensure our listeners attend in a covid-secure environment. This guidance will become clearer over the summer and we will keep you in touch as it is revised. It should be noted that access to the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall will be governed by York University protocols at the time.
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